New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying!
Mars Attacks No. 3
Those big-brained Martians are at it again. This time they've found a way to make insects gigantic. And, naturally, now they're riding the monstrosities while tearing apart Earth. This issue focuses on the struggles of Sidney Rose, an aging owner and trainer of a flea circus. Yeah, for real.
Bag it or board it up? Hmmm. This is a real tricky one to call. I mean, the artwork is bland and the story is predictable. But the premise is so strange and the property itself (Mars Attacks) so endearing that it's hard to say no to this comic. Do you like gore and/or Martians and/or giant bugs? If so, check it out.
Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness No. 6
In this final installment of another bizarre team-up we see Danger Girl and Ash in a final showdown against the Necronomicon. The book of the dead has turned the man seeking it into a giant squid monster, and it's up to Ash and the gang to save the world and be witty all at the same time.
Bag it or board it up? This is a fun comic, sure. There are big explosions, big hordes of zombies, big sets of... uh... guns. But, for the first time since doing this set of reviews, I saw my first major printing error in a comic! The dialogue bubbles are all out of sequence in the middle pages of the book. The middle pages, you know, in the middle of the final showdown. It's very disruptive. Enough to take your mind away from all the guns.
Rachel Rising No. 10
Terry Moore, the acclaimed writer/illustrator of Strangers in Paradise, returns with another fantastic female-driven tale. Rachel Rising follows Rachel, a young woman who wakes one morning in a shallow grave to find her own dead body laying next to her. As the series spins on, we find out she's a witch who can no longer die and the horrors and mysteries of a small town are now hers to explore.
Bag it or board it up? This is a beautiful comic. The story currently does seem to be spinning toward a witch's revenge story. The heroines of the story are on the trail of a blonde girl who leaves a wake of death behind her. Terry Moore does more, artistically speaking, with black and white than most artists can pull off with a full palette. The snow scenes, mostly white, could be framed and put on your wall.
Spike: A Dark Place No. 1
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, here we have a comic devoted entirely to that sometimes-beau of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike. Continuing on the "Season 9" story thread, this comic book follows Spike as he and a spaceship full of giant bugs fly to live in isolation on the dark side of the moon. Dude's so sick of being Buffy's boy-toy when things get rough that he's called it quits on Earth and wants to live in isolation. Things, believe it or not, don't go quite as planned.
Bag it or board it up? Here's the funny thing about this comic: it's funny! I mean, like, really, laugh-out-loud-while-reading-it-at-Chipotle funny (well, that's what I did). Who would have thought a story about a mopey, blonde vampire could illicit such chuckles? The direction of this comic is slapstick space adventure, but why the hell not? If Buffy can fight a giant tentacle demon at an IT building in her comic, why can't Spike fly off with overgrown cockroaches to start a new life in outer space?